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Category: Environment EN

RECYCLING ISN’T ENOUGH to Tackle the World’s Worsening PLASTIC POLLUTION CRISIS

"Plastics are commonly tossed into mixed-recycling bins to be conveniently collected and — we incorrectly assume — remade anew. The reality is that we’re “wishcycling.” In fact, less than 10 per cent of plastics are recycled. Virgin plastics are cheaper to produce than recycled products, undermining the viability of the recycling sector. For example, in 2019, California’s largest...
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Fast Fashion, Fast Destruction

Trendy, fast and changing, “fast fashion” is destroying planet earth. In Europe, fashion companies offer an average of 2 collections per year. Now some brands like Zara offers 24 collections per year, while H&M offers 12-16. Fast fashion encourages a throwaway clothing culture. Lots of them end up in the dump. About one garbage truck full of clothes is dumped every second. In total, up...
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Sand mining benefits few but detrimental to most

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) is shocked that a private company Ageson Bhd has entered into joint venture (JV) agreements with Bintang Dayang Sdn Bhd (BDSB) for river sand and Menteri Besar Kedah Incorporated (MBI Kedah) for silica sand to mine and export 50,000 tonnes of river sand monthly to China and Hong Kong by end 2020. Such sand mining is sheer exploitation of Malaysian...
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Cyclists Less Exposed Than Car Drivers

"Cyclists are the least exposed to air pollution on daily commutes into a congested city centre, research has shown. People in cars and buses spent longer in toxic air, as did walkers unless they made detours to avoid main roads. The work, conducted in Leeds, supports the investment in cycle lanes to both reduce air pollution by cutting vehicle journeys and improve citizens’ health. It also...
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Don’t log off our source of water

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) would like to commend the CEO of Perbadanan Air Pulau Pinang (PBAPP), Dato’ Ir. Jaseni Maidinsa, for the statement he made appealing to the federal government to stop the Kedah state government from allowing logging in the Ulu Muda Forest. He has clearly stated the facts in regards to how logging in the Ulu Muda Forest will negatively affect the...
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Malaysia needs to do more on disaster risk reduction

October 13 every year, marks the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), with a call by the UN General Assembly since 1989, for a day to promote a global culture of risk-awareness and disaster reduction. This year’s International Day for DRR is focused on governance, with good disaster risk governance measured in lives saved, reduced numbers of disaster-affected people and...
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Need To Halt Wildlife Killings On Roads

 The increasing number of wildlife killed on our roads is an issue that Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) finds it increasingly difficult to ignore. The latest incident involved two tapirs while crossing the road. The first case happened in Terengganu where the tapir after being hit by a car stumbled into a nearby forest in an injured condition.  Injured wildlife often suffers long painful...
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CAP submits memorandum calling for ban on the sale of glyphosate-based herbicides

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) submitted a memorandum to the Ministry of Agriculture & Food Industries and the Pesticides Board on 25 September 2020 urging for a ban on glyphosate and glyphosate-based herbicides because of its toxic effects on human health, animals and the environment. Glyphosate, categorised as a probable human carcinogen, is increasingly associated with...
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CAP is Concerned That Coastal Erosion in Melaka Becoming More Serious

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) urges the Melaka government to investigate and take immediate action to overcome the coastal erosion problem in the state which is becoming more critical. The erosion here has not only threatened the environment in the area but also affected the daily activities of the fisher communities. In a survey conducted at Pantai Puteri, Tanjung Keling CAP...
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A Commission of Inquiry needed to address river pollution

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) calls upon the government to set up a Commission of Enquiry to study the root causes of river pollution, including catchment areas, in the country. It must come out with recommendations that would put an end to the perennial problem of river pollution. Among the issues the Commission must look into are: If there is an adequate body of laws to protect...
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